Animal officers from the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA and Ontario police found two dogs and a cat in a parked car on a very hot day. Temperatures in the car reached more than 113 degrees.
The animals inside needed immediately to be helped so the officers broke one of the windows to rescue the them.
Sadly, one of the dogs had died by the time officials arrived at the scene. But the second dog and cat survived. They were both overheated and visibly distressed. Nobody knows how long these poor animals were stuck in the car, but if they were in there any longer, they wouldn’t have survived.
The owner, Jennifer Arriaga, 42, was arrested and faces three felony counts of animal cruelty.
The surviving cat and dog are now at Inland Valley Humane Society. They have been given emergency veterinary treatment and are now recovering.
It only takes 10 to 15 minutes from the time you leave your pet in a hot car for the situation to turn tragic. It doesn’t take long at all for temperatures inside a car to rise to deadly conditions. Even if it’s only 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 89 degrees in ten minutes and 104 degrees in 30 minutes.